Dublin knocks it out of the park on green space

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - By Lynne Kelle­her

DUBLIN has been rated one of the green­est cities on the planet thanks to the acres of parks in the cen­tre of the cap­i­tal.

A new study ranks the Ir­ish city at No.6 in the rat­ings of the world’s cities with the best pub­lic spa­ces.

The Phoenix Park – which is twice the size of New York’s Cen­tral Park – is the big­gest en­closed such fa­cil­ity in any Euro­pean cap­i­tal.

Dublin also boasts St Anne’s Park which was once owned by the Guin­ness fam­ily, along with St Stephen’s Green in the heart of the city.

Paris came at the top of the ta­ble in the Trav­elSu­per­mar­ket study with 139 parks with San Fran­cisco in sec­ond place with 53 out­door spa­ces.

‘When it comes to parks, Dublin comes in at sixth place in the world, with its 30 dif­fer­ent places, in­clud­ing 22-acre St Stephen’s Green, to ex­plore and run around,’ said Emma Coulthurst, travel com­men­ta­tor at Trav­elSu­per­mar­ket.

‘There are great places for lo­cals as well as fit­ness-mad hol­i­day­mak­ers to keep on top of their ex­er­cise.’ Dublin came ahead of New York and Los An­ge­les in the ta­ble, which ranked each city by the pro­vi­sion of out­door spa­ces.

Ms Coulthurst ex­plained the green spa­ces are in­creas­ingly im­por­tant as many trav­ellers are pri­ori­tis­ing health and well­ness.

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